Monthly Archives: April 2018

Fallout of the local government elections continues

Fallout of the local government elections continues

The fallout of the local government elections continues as a political crisis. The anti-Muslim violence, the no-confidence motion and its defeat are the latest manifestations of a government that is finding it hard to govern. Amid the manoeuvring of political forces and the blame game …

World Bank warns of slowdown

World Bank warns of slowdown

A development success story in many ways, Sri Lanka still faces critical challenges as it strives to become an upper middle-income country. The World Bank Group supports Sri Lanka’s transition to a more competitive, inclusive, and resilient upper-middle income country. Sri Lanka At-A-Glance A complex …

Properties of Tamils had been encroached?

Properties of Tamils had been encroached?

The chief minister of Sri Lanka’s North East Province, C V Vigneswaran, has alleged that the Sri Lankan government had not taken steps to retrieve the land, houses and other properties belonging to Tamils that were illegally occupied by Sinhalese during the ethnic crisis when …

Improving access to justice

Improving access to justice

In areas heavily affected by the former conflict that afflicted Sri Lanka for 25 years, such as Jaffna District, essentials documents such as passports, ID cards, and marriage, birth and death certificates, were often lost or destroyed. Yet, “as the most vulnerable people from rural …

Eye Sri Lanka wishes its readers a peaceful and prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Eye Sri Lanka wishes its readers a peaceful and prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Labannawu nawa wasara kiriyen peniyen piri samaya sathuta raja karana leda dukin thora wedi wediyen lebena Suba Aluth awruddak wewa  

Lessons from a neighbour

Lessons from a neighbour

Last Wednesday, parliamentarians debated a no-confidence motion moved by Opposition MPs. The debate began at 9.30 am and by the time the vote was counted, it was 9.30 pm. All the government’s shortcomings were discussed threadbare. Ruling party legislators gave as good as they got. …

Port City, to be South Asia’s hub

Port City, to be South Asia’s hub

The US 1.4 billion State of the Art Colombo Port City (CPC), built by the China Harbor Construction Company (CHCC) in association with the Singapore-based designers Surbana Jurong group and the business advisory group Atkins Acuity, is expected to be South Asia’s commercial and entertainment …

China had built infrastructure in Sri Lanka worth US$ 15 billion

China had built infrastructure in Sri Lanka worth US$ 15 billion

By the end of 2017, Chinese companies had completed more than US$15 billion worth of infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka in the field of transportation, water supply, electricity, ports and other fields, and had made great contributions to the economic and social development of the …

Recalling the mandate

Recalling the mandate

Last week, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion against him, saving the country’s first national unity government from a devastating fall. Now, with President Maithripala Sirisena and Mr. Wickremesinghe agreeing to stay united and reshuffle the cabinet, the government can, at …

Facebook to set up an office in Colombo?

Facebook to set up an office in Colombo?

Sri Lanka is to ask Facebook to set up an office in Colombo to help monitor content posted in the Sinhalese language so that the medium is not used for nefarious purposes such as creating communal conflicts. Austin Fernando, who is Chairman of the Telecom …